Lives and Works: China
Pang Tao is the daughter of Pang Xunqin and Qiu Ti, two important members of the early Chinese
avant-garde art group the Storm Society (Jue Lan She), which was formed in the 1930s. The artistic
life of Pang had long been nourished by her parents as well as the generation of artists from before
1949, who were devoted to modern art since the beginning of the 20th century. In her later formative
years, Pang worked as an independent artist and an educator in academia from the 1950s to 1970s, a
period marked by the Cultural Revolution. Not interested in engaging with politics, Pang was
discounted as academic and conservative, and her works did not spark much critical debate within the
binary categorization of art as either “new” or “traditional” at the time. Pang lived in Paris for a year in
1984 and was among the first group of artists who were sent to Europe to study art. Pang Tao was one of the earliest artists in modern China to explore abstract painting and her original artistic experimentations of great value in the historical context of Chinese contemporary art.
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